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Accession Number
2007-12-17 [Processed]
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-12-17 [Processed]
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
119 photographs : b&w and col. (43 tifs, 32 negatives, 1 slide) ; 41 x 51 cm or smaller and 300 dpi
Date
1960-2007
Scope and Content
This accession includes 43 black and white and colour portrait prints along with the accompanying digital images and some negatives. The sitters include nationally and internationally renowned entertainers, athletes, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists and jurists. Individuals include: David Ben-Gurion, Dr. Charles Best, Conrad Black, A.J. Casson, John Diefenbaker, Gordie Howe, Yousuf Karsh, Betty Kennedy, Larry King, George Knudson, Jean Beliveau, Yehuda Menuhin, Lester Pearson, John Robarts, Sidney Robins, Peter Appleyard, Leona Boyd, George Cohon, David Crombie, Dizzy Gillespie, Dr. Bernie Goldman, Martin Luther King III, Murray Koffler, Moe Koffman, Eugene Levy, Edwin Mirvish, Raymond Moriyama, Frank Sinatra, Carl Schaeffer, Mandel Sprachman, Dr. Tile, Wayne and Shuster, Dr. Key, Joseph Biden, Matthew Teitlebaum, Guido Basso, Oscar Peterson, the director of the Department of Transportation in Maui, a man playing chess and a diver in an aquarium.
Administrative History
Nathan Gittelmacher immigrated to Toronto from Kiev, Ukraine after the First World War. He first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios, and then in 1922, opened up his own studio, Elite Studios, at 615 Queen Street West. Many of Nathan’s portraits were produced with a large format view camera and from glass negatives.
During the 1940s, the family changed its name to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. Nathan’s son, Albert, who was born 18 November 1922, started working in the family business in 1941, when he was 19 years old. He eventually assumed control of it after his father retired. He moved the studio to Eglington Avenue and then later to Davenport Road, its current location, in order to accommodate its growing clientele.
Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer, using natural light in innovative ways to create more natural looking portraits. Al’s primary work involved producing portraits of families, weddings, bar mitzvahs, special events and dinners. Most of his early clients were from the Jewish community. In turn, he also was paid to produce portraits of local entrepreneurs, and his multi-year contract with the city, gave him sole responsibility for the production of portraits of the mayors and councilmen and women. He later branched out beyond the Jewish community, and began to produce images of businessmen and leaders from the Italian community in Toronto.
n addition to the paid contracts involving local personalities and groups, Al Gilbert has also produced many artistic portraits of local, national and international celebrities, artists and leaders such as: Wayne and Shuster, Howie Mandel, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robertson Davies, several Canadian prime ministers as well as Prince Charles, all of the Israeli prime ministers, which were made into stamps by the Israeli government, and finally, the last Pope. Gilbert’s work therefore captures a huge range of individuals from the ordinary bride to extraordinary world leaders.
Al has won many awards as well as accolades from his peers throughout his career. He is the three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Photographer of the year honour. He has been named Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. In 1990, he was awarded the Order of Canada and recently nominated for the Order of Ontario. In January 2007, the Professional Photographers of America presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor PPA can bestow on a person for their body of work and influence on professional photography.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
File list is available here: S:\Appraisal\00 Monetary appraisals\CPERB\2007-12-17, Gilbert\2007-12-17 CPERB list.xls
Processed as Fonds 37, series 4.
USE CONDITION NOTE: Permission for use must be granted by Mr. Al Gilbert or his children. Attribution beneath Mr. Gilbert’s work to read: Al Gilbert C.M. or Portrait by Al Gilbert C.M. Reproduction Prints can only be made by Gilbert Studios under Mr. Gilbert’s direction. Mr. Gilbert’s work cannot be reproduced by any third party off these web sites or exhibits without permission. No cropping or alterations to the original image is allowed.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-5-2
Material Format
philatelic record
graphic material
Physical Description
33 postage stamps (12 electronic)
1 photograph : col. ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1970-1998
Scope and Content
This accession consists of a sheet of 15 postage stamps of former Prime Minister of Israel Levi Eshkol, printed in 1970 and featuring a portrait taken by Gilbert in 1968; a sheet of 6 postage stamps of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog printed in 1998 and featuring a portrait taken by Gilbert in 1989, as well as a CD featuring several Israeli stamps from the donor's personal collection. There is also a photograph of Conrad Black and American President Richard Nixon.
Subjects
Prime ministers--Israel
Name Access
Gilbert, Al
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs: b & w ; 9 x 14 cm
Date
1922
Scope and Content
The donation includes two photographs that were taken at Gittelmacher's Studio in 1922. The first is a portrait of Leona, Ida and Albert Lenchner from Pittsburgh. The second is a portrait of Albert and Leona Lenchner with their cousin Bernard Segal, who was also from Pittsburgh.
Subjects
Portraits
Places
Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-10
Material Format
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
68 photographs : b&w and col. (34 jpgs and tifs) ; 41 x 51 cm and 300 dpi
Scope and Content
The accession consists of 34 portrait prints produced by photographer Al Gilbert. It also includes the corresponding digital images. The individuals documented are prominant Toronto Jews and include: Ronald Appleby, Michael Benjamin, Avi Bennett, Edward Bronfman, Judy Feld Carr, Lou Copeland, Dan Leslie, John Daniels, A. E. Diamond, Dr. Martin Dobkin, Anne Golden, Ed Goodman, Al Green, Alex Grossman, Carl Keifitz, Marvelle Koffler, Joseph and Wolf Lebovic, Murray Menkes, Miles Nadal, Sam Pencer, Nathan Phillips, Lou Posluns, Wilfred Posluns, Alex Schanider, Seymour Schulich, Izzy Sharpe, Sam Shopsowitz, Edward Sokolowski, Ed Sonshine, Fran Sonshine, Joseph Tanenbaum, Larry Tanenbaum, Max Tanenbaum, and Ray Wolfe.
Administrative History
Nachman (Nathan) Gittelmacher was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1898, the son of Shloima and Mattie Gittelmacher. Suffering terribly during the pogroms of 1918 and 1920, he fled from place to place and then emigrated to Canada in 1921. Trained as a photographer in Europe, he opened his own photography studio in Toronto in 1922, called Elite Studios. First located at 513 Queen Street West, he soon moved to 615 Queen Street West. Nathan serviced a largely Jewish clientele, photographing weddings, bar mitzvahs, as well as Jewish community events.
Nathan was married to Nina Sokoloff and they had three sons and a daughter: Louis (Lou), Albert (Al), Jack, and Ruth.
During the early 1940s, the family legally changed their name from Gittelmacher to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. When Nathan moved to the United States, Al, who had been working there since a young age, took over the business and under his management it thrived. In order to accommodate his growing clientele, he moved the studio to Eglinton Avenue and later to 170 Davenport Road, where it is situated today.
Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer, using natural light in innovative ways to create more natural looking portraits. Al’s primary work involved producing portraits of families, weddings, bar mitzvahs, special events and dinners. Most of his early clients were from the Jewish community. In turn, he also was paid to produce portraits of local entrepreneurs, and his multi-year contract with the city, gave him sole responsibility for the production of portraits of the mayors and councilmen and women. He later branched out beyond the Jewish community, and began to produce images of businessmen and leaders from the Italian community in Toronto.
In addition to the paid contracts involving local personalities and groups, Al Gilbert has also produced many artistic portraits of local, national and international celebrities, artists and leaders such as: Wayne and Shuster, Howie Mandel, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robertson Davies, several Canadian prime ministers as well as Prince Charles, all of the Israeli prime ministers, which were made into stamps by the Israeli government, and finally, the last Pope. Gilbert’s work therefore captures a huge range of individuals from the ordinary bride to extraordinary world leaders.
Al has won many awards as well as accolades from his peers throughout his career. He is the three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Photographer of the year honour. He has been named Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. In 1990, he was awarded the Order of Canada. In January 2007, the Professional Photographers of America presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor PPA can bestow on a person for their body of work and influence on professional photography.
Use Conditions
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-12
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
42 photographs : b&w and col. (21 jpgs) ; 41 x 51 cm and 300dpi
Date
1965-2009
Scope and Content
The accession consists of 21 portrait prints and corresponding digital images. These items document national and international figures and include: Bill Barber, Tony and Elizabeth Comper, Barney Danson, Tony Esposito, Victor Feldbrill, Monty Hall, Beverley Harvard, Pope John Paul II, Robert Kaplan, Sophie Milman, Henry Moore, Benjamin Netanyahu, Brad Park, Shimon Peres, Gilbert Perreault, Marjorie Pigott, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Vladislav Alexander Tretiak, Pamela Wallen, Sara and Al Waxman, and Micahel Wilson.
Administrative History
Nachman (Nathan) Gittelmacher was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1898, the son of Shloima and Mattie Gittelmacher. Suffering terribly during the pogroms of 1918 and 1920, he fled from place to place and then emigrated to Canada in 1921. Trained as a photographer in Europe, he opened his own photography studio in Toronto in 1922, called Elite Studios. First located at 513 Queen Street West, he soon moved to 615 Queen Street West. Nathan serviced a largely Jewish clientele, photographing weddings, bar mitzvahs, as well as Jewish community events.
Nathan was married to Nina Sokoloff and they had three sons and a daughter: Louis (Lou), Albert (Al), Jack, and Ruth.
During the early 1940s, the family legally changed their name from Gittelmacher to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. When Nathan moved to the United States, Al, who had been working there since a young age, took over the business and under his management it thrived. In order to accommodate his growing clientele, he moved the studio to Eglinton Avenue and later to 170 Davenport Road, where it is situated today.
Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer, using natural light in innovative ways to create more natural looking portraits. Al’s primary work involved producing portraits of families, weddings, bar mitzvahs, special events and dinners. Most of his early clients were from the Jewish community. In turn, he also was paid to produce portraits of local entrepreneurs, and his multi-year contract with the city, gave him sole responsibility for the production of portraits of the mayors and councilmen and women. He later branched out beyond the Jewish community, and began to produce images of businessmen and leaders from the Italian community in Toronto.
In addition to the paid contracts involving local personalities and groups, Al Gilbert has also produced many artistic portraits of local, national and international celebrities, artists and leaders such as: Wayne and Shuster, Howie Mandel, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robertson Davies, several Canadian prime ministers as well as Prince Charles, all of the Israeli prime ministers, which were made into stamps by the Israeli government, and finally, the last Pope. Gilbert’s work therefore captures a huge range of individuals from the ordinary bride to extraordinary world leaders.
Al has won many awards as well as accolades from his peers throughout his career. He is the three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Photographer of the year honour. He has been named Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. In 1990, he was awarded the Order of Canada. In January 2007, the Professional Photographers of America presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor PPA can bestow on a person for their body of work and influence on professional photography.
Use Conditions
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Popes
Presidents--Israel
Prime ministers--Israel
Queens--Great Britain
Name Access
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005
Netanyahu, Binyamin, 1949-
Peres, Shimon, 1923-2016
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 37; Series 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Series
Fonds
37
Series
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1941-1978]
Physical Description
56 negatives : b&w, 1 col. ; 18 x 13 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Al Gilbert was born on November 18, 1922 in Toronto. His father Nathan Gittelmacher [Gilbert] owned a photography studio, called Elite Studios, where Al began to learn the photography trade. Al went to Central Technical High School for commercial art and started working at his father's store after he graduated at the age of 19. Al returned to school as an adult and earned his Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsmen degree from the Professional Photographers of America.
Al took over Gilbert Studios and moved to a larger location on Eglinton Street and then later to Davenport Road. Al married, and he and his wife Gail had two children named Nina and Michael.
Al began his career following in the tradition of his father photographing weddings and other significant events in the community. However, he also expanded his repertoire to include series of portraits documenting different cultural and religious groups. While still making a name for himself, Al arranged a deal with a local radio station -- CKEY -- that had a promotional programme called Club 580. The programme was designed to draw music celebrities down to an auditorium where school kids would get the chance to see them. He approached the station, asking if he could photograph these musicians, and in exchange, provide the station with picture postcards depicting the musicians. Some of the entertainers he photographed during this period included: Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie. One of his most personally significant series documents all of Israel's Prime Ministers starting in 1959 with David Ben Gurion up until the late 1990s. Most recently, Al finished a series of portraits depicting prominent Italian Canadian men and women.
One of Al Gilbert's photographic influences was George Hurrell, whose portraits of Hollywood movie starts were backlit with spotlights creating a glamorous effect. In 1943, Gilbert started to introduce some of Hurrell's lighting techniques into his portraits. He was constantly changing the window displays at his store to draw attention to his latest techniques and attract a new clientele. Twenty years later, still fascinated with lighting, Al started using more window lighting and doing outdoor photography; he also perfected the technique of simulating natural light using artificial sources of light.
Al Gilbert built his reputation as a portrait photographer. Due to his innovative style and the prominence of his subjects, Al's work has received much recognition -- he has been given the Canadian Photographer of the Year in 1968, 1969, and 1973 from the Professional Photographers of Canada. He was awarded the Order of Canada and held the Confederate Medal of Canada. In addition, he was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Photographic Industry of America and the International Award from the American Society of Photographers.
Scope and Content
Series consists of portraits taken by Al Gilbert. The portraits depict prominent individuals from the Toronto Jewish community, Jewish clubs, politicians, and several well-known personalities including the comedians Wayne and Shuster.
Notes
All portraits were selected with the exception of duplicates and portraits where the issue of ownership remains unresolved because the photographer is unknown.
Name Access
Wayne & Shuster
Hurvitz, Rabbi
Hennick, Nat
Posluns
Kayfetz, Carl
Sterling, Bob
Van Der Hout, Victor
Goodman, Eddy
Greenberg, David
Kay, Jimmy
Hall, Robert
Shopsowitz, Sam
Lockshin, Lou
Topper, Harry
Drevnick,Bill
Givens, Phil
Silver, Nathan
Tanenbaum, Wayne
Orliffe, Herbert
Leslie, Dr. Harold
Herman, Woody
Waxman, Al
Wayne, Johnny
Shuster, Frank
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2012-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-12-3
Physical Description
7 photographs : b&w, silver gelatine print ; 36 x 28 cm
2 p. of textual records
1 photograph : col. ; 36 x 28 cm
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two custom boxes, the first containing 8 photographic prints depicting Oscar Peterson in various years ranging from 1950 to 1997, photographed by Al Gilbert. Each print is signed and numbered. The second box contains an overview of the folio, with an introduction by Kelly Peterson and a listing of the photographic prints.
Administrative History
Oscar Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer.
The Oscar Peterson Folio was a limited edition, numbered as 7 of 33 folios from the original negatives and files.
Descriptive Notes
The photographs are contained in archival sleeves in a custom archival portfolio.
Oscar Peterson's signature appears on the outside of one of the boxes.
Name Access
Peterson, Oscar
Gilbert, Al
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 115
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
115
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of Al Kaplan.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1985-12-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-12-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
45 cm of textual and graphic material
Date
1939-1986
Scope and Content
This accession consists of records of the Northwood Country Club, copies of newsletters edited by Al Cooper, and copies of comic book pages drawn by Cooper.
Administrative History
Al Cooper was a well-known Canadian comic book artist in the 1940s. He died on 7 Jan. 1986 at the age of 60. Mr. Cooper worked for Active Comics and was responsible for three of the original Canadian comic books: Commandos, Captain Red Thornton, and Scotty McDonald. He later became a partner and director of Maple Leaf Press, and in 1963 started his own printing company, Cooper Graphics and Associates. He served as president of the Downsview Lodge of B'nai Brith. He was also involved with the Northwood Country Club in Toronto.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-7-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-7-5
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm and 12 X 18 cm
Date
1944
Scope and Content
Accession consists of three photographs of Canadian army personnel at a Passover seder in Prince George, British Columbia on April 3, 1944. Identified are Al Spiegel, Herb Hurwitz, and Hy Melnick.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 4; Item 43
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
4
Item
43
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1979]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Albert Samuel Waxman was born on March 2, 1935. He had two children named Adam and Tobaron. A well-known Toronto actor, Al's most famous part was on the television series called the King of Kensington. He also appeared in numerous television films, feature films and as a guest on many television sitcoms. Al Waxman was also an adjunct professor of Theatre and Film at York University. He was actively involved with several different charities and community organizations including B'nai B'rith, Big Brothers, Variety Club, the Stratford Festival, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and many other professional associations.
Al Waxman received a Gemini, an ACTRA award, a Clio and an Emmy. Moreover, he was a recipient of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal and was invited into the Order of Canada in 1997. He died in 2001 and a life sized cast bronze statue of Al Waxman was erected in Bellevue Square Park in Kensington Market.
Scope and Content
Photograph is of actor Al Waxman. The portrait is a black and white studio photograph.
Name Access
Waxman, Al
Subjects
Actors
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 5; File 93
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
5
File
93
Material Format
textual record
Date
1970-1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence concerning Canadian Young Judaea, a letter to the editor of the Star Phoenix newspaper, trips to Israel, and celebrations of Israel's independence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Sharp, Al.
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Sharp, Al.
Page Number
339
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Accession Number
2008-4-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-4-7
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Date
2006
Scope and Content
This item is an original print of Julia Koschitzky, taken by Al Gilbert for a feature article in Lifestyles magazine. Accompanying the photograph is the resulting cover of the magazine.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-12-18
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-12-18
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
105 photographs : b&w and col. (27 negatives and 39 tifs) ; 41 x 51 cm or smaller and 300 dpi
Date
1972-2006
Scope and Content
This accession includes 39 black and white and colour portrait prints, along with accompanying digital images (tifs) and negatives. The images were created by photographer Al Gilbert of national and internationally renowned entertainers, athletes, politicians, entrepreneurs and artists. Individuals include: Lincoln alexander, Harold Ballard, Pierre Berton, Boris Brott, Cardinal Emmett Carter, Raymond Chretien, Robertson Davies, Bill Davis, Brian Dixon, Art Eggleton, Paul Godfrey, Edward Greenspan, Rev. Andrew Hutchinson, Hal Jackman, Bora Laskin, Mel Lastman, Guy LaFleur, Howie Mandel, Paul Martin Sr., Hazel McCallion, Roy McMurtry, David Peterson, Paul Reichmann, Phillip Reichmann, Frank Stronach, Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, Kenneth Thompson, John Turner, Galen Weston and Pinchas Zukerman.
Administrative History
Nathan Gittelmacher immigrated to Toronto from Kiev, Ukraine after the First World War. He first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios, and then in 1922, opened up his own studio, Elite Studios, at 615 Queen Street West. Many of Nathan’s portraits were produced with a large format view camera and from glass negatives.
During the 1940s, the family changed its name to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. Nathan’s son, Albert, who was born 18 November 1922, started working in the family business in 1941, when he was 19 years old. He eventually assumed control of it after his father retired. He moved the studio to Eglington Avenue and then later to Davenport Road, its current location, in order to accommodate its growing clientele.
Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer, using natural light in innovative ways to create more natural looking portraits. Al’s primary work involved producing portraits of families, weddings, bar mitzvahs, special events and dinners. Most of his early clients were from the Jewish community. In turn, he also was paid to produce portraits of local entrepreneurs, and his multi-year contract with the city, gave him sole responsibility for the production of portraits of the mayors and councilmen and women. He later branched out beyond the Jewish community, and began to produce images of businessmen and leaders from the Italian community in Toronto.
n addition to the paid contracts involving local personalities and groups, Al Gilbert has also produced many artistic portraits of local, national and international celebrities, artists and leaders such as: Wayne and Shuster, Howie Mandel, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robertson Davies, several Canadian prime ministers as well as Prince Charles, all of the Israeli prime ministers, which were made into stamps by the Israeli government, and finally, Pope John Paul II. Gilbert’s work therefore captures a huge range of individuals from the ordinary bride to extraordinary world leaders.
Al has won many awards as well as accolades from his peers throughout his career. He is the three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Photographer of the year honour. He has been named Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. In 1990, he was awarded the Order of Canada and recently nominated for the Order of Ontario. In January 2007, the Professional Photographers of America presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor PPA can bestow on a person for their body of work and influence on professional photography.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
An item list is located here: S:\Appraisal\Monetary appraisals\CPERB\2007-12-18, Gilbert\2007-12-18 CPERB list.xls
USE CONDITION NOTE: Permission for use must be granted by Mr. Al Gilbert or his children. Attribution beneath Mr. Gilbert’s work to read: Al Gilbert C.M. or Portrait by Al Gilbert C.M. Reproduction Prints can only be made by Gilbert Studios under Mr. Gilbert’s direction. Mr. Gilbert’s work cannot be reproduced by any third party off these web sites or exhibits with permission. No cropping or alterations to the original image is allowed.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-6-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-6-12
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
31 photographs (tiff)
Date
[1923?]-1935
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 31 scanned family photographs of the Gilbert family of Toronto from the 1920s and 1930s. Four of the images scanned were modern reprints; two are composites, one of Albert and one of Jack. Some of the originals were produced as postcards to be sent to family members.
Administrative History
Nachman (Nathan) Gittelmacher was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1898, the son of Shloima and Mattie Gittelmacher. Suffering terribly during the pogroms of 1918 and 1920, he fled from place to place and then emigrated to Canada in 1921. Trained as a photographer in Europe, he opened his own photography studio in Toronto in 1922, called Elite Studios. First located at 513 Queen Street West, he soon moved to 615 Queen Street West. Nathan serviced a largely Jewish clientele, photographing weddings, bar mitzvahs, as well as Jewish community events.
Nathan was married to Nina Sokoloff and they had three sons and a daughter: Louis (Lou), Albert (Al), Jack, and Ruth.
During the early 1940s, the family legally changed their name from Gittelmacher to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. When Nathan retired, Al, who had been working there since a young age, took over the business and under his management it thrived. In order to accommodate his growing clientele, he moved the studio to Eglinton Avenue and later to 170 Davenport Road, where it is situated today.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-7-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-7-8
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 10 x 12 cm
Date
1932-[ca. 1942]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 3 acetate copy negatives produced by Gilbert Studios. Two negatives document the Rolex Club and one negative documents the Yolles-Herzls' softball team.
Administrative History
Nathan Gittelmacher (Gilbert) came to Canada from Kiev, Russia. He established Gilbert Studios in Toronto in 1922 the year his son Albert was born. His son Albert Gilbert took over the business in 1945.
Albert Gilbert married Gail and they parented two children named Nina and Michael. Al became a well known portrait photographer and has had the opportunity to photograph many well known personalities, including a series documenting all of Israel's Prime Ministers.
In 1997, the City of Toronto honoured him on the 75th Anniversary of Gilbert Studio with a gala reception and exhibition held at Metro Hall
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Koffler Centre of the Arts fonds
Art Exhibitions series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 100; Series 8; File 114
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Koffler Centre of the Arts fonds
Art Exhibitions series
Level
File
Fonds
100
Series
8
File
114
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
2002
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
20 photographs : col. (slides) ; 35mm
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence between the Koffler Gallery and Boyer regarding his solo exhibit, a bio of the artist, a Koffler Gallery exhibition contract, a proposal for Public Art Work commissioned for the BJCC's 40th anniversary, a list of funding sources available for community art projects, a price list for Works in the Teffilin exhibit, a media release for the Teffilin exhibit, 20 slides of works in the Teffilin exhibit, an exhbit catalogue entitled Teffilin, and reviews of the exhibit.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Koffler Centre of the Arts fonds
Art Exhibitions series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 100; Series 8; File 137
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Koffler Centre of the Arts fonds
Art Exhibitions series
Level
File
Fonds
100
Series
8
File
137
Material Format
textual record
Date
2005
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of an exhibit catalogue entitled Those Little Things, a media release, a bio and art reviews.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2010-6-18
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-18
Material Format
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
222 photographs (negatives, prints, jpg) : col. and b&w ; 18 x 13 cm and smaller
Date
[191-]-[ca. 1970]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs which document the Gilbert family and Gilbert Studios. Photographs of the Gilbert family are predominately portraits of Nina and the children during the 1920s and 1930s. The Gilbert Studios material largely consist of portraits of members of the Jewish community and fashion and wedding photographs. Also included in the accession are both negatives and a print of the Elite Studios storefront taken in 1923. Other notable photograph subjects in the accession include the B. Sherman Hardware storefront, Lou and Nat Turofsky, Harry Sonshine, Leon Weinstein, J. Irving Oelbaum, and Alex Levinsky. All images in the accession are black and white except for a print of Nathan Phillips.
Custodial History
The photographs were donated in 2008 and notes indicate that the archivist was awaiting documentation from Jack Gilbert. Since that time, some materials have been returned to the donor upon request. Previous archivists placed the negatives in acid-free envelopes and scanned a portion of the material. The original conservation report for the glass negatives completed in 2008 evaluated 42 glass negatives, but only 26 remain in this accession.
Administrative History
Nachman "Nathan" Gittelmacher was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1898, the son of Shloima and Mattie Gittelmacher. Suffering terribly during the pogroms of 1918 and 1920, he fled from place to place and then emigrated to Canada in 1921. Trained as a photographer in Europe, he opened his own photography studio in Toronto in 1922, called Elite Studios. First located at 513 Queen Street West, he soon moved to 615 Queen Street West. Nathan serviced a largely Jewish clientele, photographing weddings, bar mitzvahs, as well as Jewish community events.
Nathan was married to Nina Sokoloff and they had three sons and a daughter: Louis ("Lou"), Albert ("Al"), Jack, and Ruth.
During the early 1940s, the family legally changed their name from Gittelmacher to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. When Nathan moved to the United States, Al, who had been working there since a young age, took over the business and under his management it thrived. In order to accommodate his growing clientele, he moved the studio to Eglinton Avenue and later to 170 Davenport Road, where it is situated today.
Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer, using natural light in innovative ways to create more natural looking portraits. Al’s primary work involved producing portraits of families, weddings, bar mitzvahs, special events, and dinners. Most of his early clients were from the Jewish community. In turn, he also was paid to produce portraits of local entrepreneurs, and his multi-year contract with the city gave him sole responsibility for the production of portraits of the mayors and councilmen and women. He later branched out beyond the Jewish community, and began to produce images of businessmen and leaders from the Italian community in Toronto.
In addition to the paid contracts involving local personalities and groups, Al Gilbert has produced many artistic portraits of local, national, and international celebrities as well as artists and leaders such as Wayne and Shuster, Howie Mandel, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robertson Davies, several Canadian prime ministers, Prince Charles, Israel's prime ministers (these portraits were made into stamps by Israel's government), and, finally, the last pope. Gilbert’s work therefore captures a huge range of individuals from the ordinary bride to extraordinary world leaders.
Al has won many awards as well as accolades from his peers throughout his career. He is the three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Photographer of the year honour. He has been named Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. In 1990, he was awarded the Order of Canada. In January 2007, the Professional Photographers of America presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor PPA can bestow on a person for their body of work and influence on professional photography.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Related material note: see fonds 37 and accessions 2007-12-17, 2007-12-18, 2008-4-7, 2008-6-12, 2009-5-2, 2009-7-8
Subjects
Commercial photography
Families
Name Access
Gilbert Studios
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-2-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-2-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 12 cm
Date
1930-1931
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a two negatives: one of a composite photo of the graduating class from the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and one of a composite of the Toronto General Hospital house staff.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Community March for Israel 1995 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-21; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Community March for Israel 1995 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-21
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains two letters from El Al Airlines to UJA and to the prize winner, regarding the grand prize of a free ticket to Israel on El Al Airlines.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 5; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
5
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nathan Gittelmacher was an immigrant from the Ukraine who moved to Toronto and first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios. In 1922, he opened up his own business called Elite Studios, located at 615 Queen Street West. He specialized in portraits and catered to a largely Jewish clientele.
Nathan Gittelmacher changed his family's name to Gilbert in the early 1940s and subsequently altered the family business name to Gilbert Studios. Nathan was married to Nina and they had four children named: Lou, Jack, Albert and Ruth.
Scope and Content
Image is of Nathan and Nina Gilbert with their eldest child, Lou.
Notes
The archivist has made an informed guess about the identity of the child based on the date of the photograph.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 37; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Series
Fonds
37
Series
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920-1930]
Physical Description
5 negatives : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nathan Gittelmacher was an immigrant from Kiev, Russia who moved to Toronto and first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios. In 1922, he opened up his own business called Elite Studios, located at 615 Queen Street West. He specialized in portraits and catered to a largely Jewish clientele. Many of Nathan's portraits were produced with a large format view camera and printed from glass negatives.
Nathan Gittelmacher changed his family's name to Gilbert in the early 1940s and subsequently altered the family business name to Gilbert Studios. Nathan was married to Nina and they had four children named: Lou, Jack, Albert and Ruth.
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs taken by Nathan Gilbert. The photographs in this series are mostly of the Gilbert family. One of the Gilbert family portraits depicts the Gilbert automobile with the Elite Studio's insignia written across the side of the car. Also here, are a few examples of studio portraits that reflect Nathan Gilbert's photographic style.
Name Access
Gilbert, Nathan
Subjects
Portraits
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
37
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1895]-1979
Physical Description
690 photographs : b&w and col. negatives ; 26 x 21 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Gilbert Studios was originally called Elite Studios and was located at 513 Queen Street West, Toronto. The owner, Nathan Gittelmacher, immigrated to Toronto from Kiev, Ukraine after the First World War. He first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios, and then in 1922, opened up his own studio, Elite Studios, at 513 Queen Street West, which serviced a largely Jewish clientele, photographing weddings, bar mitzvahs, as well as Jewish community events. The studio moved to 615 Queen St. West in July 1923
.During the 1940s, the family changed its name to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. His son, Al Gilbert, was born in 1922, and started working in the family business in 1941, when he was 19 years of age. He eventually assumed control of it after his father retired. He moved the studio to Eglinton Avenue and then later to Davenport Road, its current location.
Early on in his career, Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer. At that time, he mostly catered to the Jewish community, photographing brides, rabbis, businessmen and communal events and celebrations. Over the years, he branched out and photographed prominent individuals from the Italian community of Toronto, as well as well as many of the mayors and councilmen and women from Toronto, due to his multi-year contract with the city. In addition, he photographed some of the most important people of our time – from Canada and abroad – including artists, politicians, scientists, philanthropists, athletes, and religious figures.
Over the years, Al won many competitions, awards and accolades. He is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) photographer of the year award. He has also been named a Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. Al was also the first recipient of the Yousuf Karsh award. In 1990, he was recognized for his contribution to the nation as an artist with the Order of Canada award. Finally, in 2007, he was awarded the Professional Photographers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He died in 2019 at the age of 96.
Gilbert Studios is still in business today.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of images taken by Nathan and Al Gilbert. In addition, there are some images the Gilbert family acquired, from the early 1900s, that have historical significance to the Toronto Jewish community.
Although the Gilberts photographed a variety of people and organizations, the individuals and groups included in this fonds are either Jewish in origin or connected to the Jewish community.
The fonds has been arranged into nine series: Negev dinners; B'nai B'rith Sportsmen Lodge dinners; Zionist Centre cornerstone ceremony; Al Gilbert portraits; Nathan Gilbert portraits; weddings; Jewish Community events; Jewish clubs businsesses and organizations; and Miscellaneous collection.
Notes
Positive digital scanned images are available for all of the described negatives.
Name Access
Elite Studios (Toronto, Ont.)
Gilbert, Al, 1923-2019
Gilbert, Nathan
Gilbert Studio
Physical Condition
Some negatives are suffering from vinegar syndrome.
Related Material
See also the Albert Gilbert fonds (Reference # R9086-0-X-E) at Library and Archives Canada
Creator
Gilbert Studios (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1991-6-2
1991-4-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3533
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3533
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1921]
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 10 x 7 cm (sight) in matte 19 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Al Bochner became a psychiatrist in the United States. Mosie Bochner married the daughter of Yolles, who owned a furniture store on Yonge Street, south of Bloor Street in Toronto.
Scope and Content
This item is an original studio portrait of Al and Mosie Bochner of Guelph, Ontario.
Notes
Title taken from identification list provided by the donor.
Photographer was C. Burgess of Guelph, Ont.
Subjects
Children
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Guelph (Ont.)
Accession Number
1981-4-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Soskin family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 10; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Soskin family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
10
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photographic portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Al Cole, possibly taken in Los Angeles circa 1918.
Name Access
Cole, Al
Subjects
Married people
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Physical Condition
There are stains on the photograph.
Places
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 4; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
4
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1955]
Physical Description
2 negatives : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph is of the Gilbert Studios baseball team. Al Gilbert sponsored and coached the boys, who were between the ages of 9 and 11. He also arranged to get the International League's Toronto Maple Leafs Baseball Club and players to help coach the team.
The boy in the centre is Paul Godfrey.
Name Access
Gilbert Studios baseball team
Godfrey, Paul
International League's Toronto Maple Leafs
Subjects
Sports teams
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 5; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
5
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1928
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nathan Gittelmacher was an immigrant from the Ukraine who moved to Toronto and first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios. In 1922, he opened up his own business called Elite Studios, located at 615 Queen Street West. He specialized in portraits and catered to a largely Jewish clientele.
Nathan Gittelmacher changed his family's name to Gilbert in the early 1940s and subsequently altered the family business name to Gilbert Studios. Nathan was married to Nina and they had four children named: Lou, Jack, Albert and Ruth.
Scope and Content
Image of Nina Gilbert with her three sons: Lou, Jack and Albert. The photograph was taken by Nathan Gilbert.
Name Access
Gilbert, Nina
Subjects
Mothers and sons
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 5; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
5
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1932]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nathan Gittelmacher was an immigrant from the Ukraine who moved to Toronto and first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios. In 1922, he opened up his own business called Elite Studios, located at 615 Queen Street West. He specialized in portraits and catered to a largely Jewish clientele.
Nathan Gittelmacher changed his family's name to Gilbert in the early 1940s and subsequently altered the family business name to Gilbert Studios. Nathan was married to Nina and they had four children named: Lou, Jack, Albert and Ruth.
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Gilbert family in swimming suits posing in front of their automobile with the Elite Studio insignia at Sunnyside Beach in Toronto.
Boris Waxer is lying on top of the car and Nina Gilbert is behind the wheel. In front of the car from left to right are: Nathan Gilbert, Albert Gilbert, Jack Gilbert, Lou Gilbert, Evelyn Stacker and reclining in front is Joe Gilbert. Standing at the far right is the driver.
Name Access
Stacker, Evelyn
Waxer, Boris
Subjects
Automobiles
Outdoor recreation
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1943
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of Rabbi Gilbert and Mrs. Libby Klaperman of Kingston, Ontario.
Name Access
Gilbert, Rabbi
Klaperman, Libby
Subjects
Rabbis
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Kingston (Ont.)
Accession Number
1986-3-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 1165
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
1165
Material Format
textual record
Date
Mar. 1980 - May 1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
33 records – page 1 of 1.

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